Tag: Lgbt-rights

NBA's Jason Collins: First Openly Gay Player in Major Team Sports

By Dara Sharif NBA center Jason Collins has made sports history by becoming the first openly gay athlete playing a major U.S. team sport. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay.” With those words, Collins made his historic announcement in a personal essay that was posted Monday…

NFL to Fight Bias Against Gay Football Players

By Dara Sharif As the NFL gears up for tonight’s draft, word comes that the league has agreed to do more to protect gay players. In a deal brokered by the New York State attorney general, the NFL will conduct year-round seminars for players, recruits and employees involved with hiring…

Red for Equality: What Are the 10 Most Powerful Memes for Same-Gender Marriage

The Supreme Court’s oral arguments for same-gender marriagemay have concluded, but advocacy for LGBT-rights across social-media platforms continues to go viral. Thousands of users from networks including Facebook, Twitter, Storify, Tumblr and more turned their profiles redincluding DiversityIncand shared dozens of pro-LGBT memes this week in an effort to promote…

Why the Supreme Court May Not Recognize Same-Gender Marriage

Public opinion polls show Americans increasingly support same-gender marriage. But the Supreme Court justices are waffling, according to yesterday’s oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8. The 80-minute debate not only left judges in a stalemate on whether same-gender marriage was a constitutional right or a legislative decision best left up…

Merck Condemns Boy Scout Gay Ban, Halts Funding

Merck & Co. has ended all of its funding to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the organization’s refusal to allow gay and lesbian scouts and leaders. The decision was praised by gay-rights organizations, including GLAAD and Scouts for Equality, which have avidly petitioned corporations to take a…

President Obama Supports Marriage Equality

Showing real diversity leadership, President Obama today announced his support for same-sex marriage. His decision, applauded immediately by supporters of diversity and inclusion, came after pressure from the LGBT community and DiversityInc, among others. “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked…